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Sharp to launch $1,800 dancing robot phone in Japan

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 7:06 pm

Sharp is launching a phone in Japan that's also a tiny robot: it dances, speaks, projects videos and photos, and costs $1,800.




RoboHon, as it's known, supports 720p resolution for projection, LTE, and three voice recognition technologies (which cost you a small monthly fee, unlike with most devices). Sharp plans to have it help users call taxis or find nearby restaurants and the like via apps.


RoboHon will launch in Japan, with other regions anticipated to see it later on.

AMC may allow phone use in theaters

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 14, 2016 10:00 pm

Adam Aron, new CEO of movie theater giant AMC is pondering allowing texting and phone use during films in a bid to get more millennials into seats.



"There does seem to be a consensus that there are pockets of consumers who do not see as many movies as other segments of the population and that we can be doing more to attract those people. Millennials come to mind," he said to Variety. "We need to reshape our product in some concrete ways so that millennials go to movie theaters with the same degree of intensity as baby boomers went to movie theaters throughout their lives."


Asked if this would include allowing texting or phone use, he replied positively.

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Leaked Windows 10 Mobile screens show off some upcoming features

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 7:03 pm

Some new screenshots have shown up that seem to show a few, albeit small, changes to Windows 10 Mobile. These new, small, improvements are supposedly part of a new build that'll be making it into a public build that'll be rolling out very soon. Or so sources say.



The changes focus on making significant changes to the Action Center and how it's arranged. In this, as of yet unknown version number, build it looks like you're able to rearrange quick actions by dragging them and dropping them where you'd like them. Microsoft, if these are to be trusted, has put a few settings in different places, such as the Glance screen now being in the Personalization section, which makes a bit more sense.


Other than that, there are some other improvements, or additions, in what might be the next build. A new Active Hours and a custom restart time. But aside from these screens, there's really no concrete information about what they're planning for the next Windows Mobile builds. This is, however, part of the Redstone branch of updates, which means that it's only available for those that are already running Windows 10 on their phones, or have been invited to update already. There'll be no updating for any phones any older than those already inducted into the Windows 10 hall of fame.


These aren't exactly ground-breaking changes, but it does show that they're looking at making usability a prime concern for them. These small adjustments show a willingness to listen to feedback. Even though this is an internal build at the moment, it might be heading to the inside preview program quite soon. We expect to see it within a week or slightly more.

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Meizu PRO 6 is finally announced with 10-cores and 4GB of RAM

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 5:22 pm

Meizu isn't about to let the rest of the world start announcing and releasing phones without having their own flagship refreshed as well. The Meizu PRO 6 is now official, and will be available starting this spring with some very high-end specs.



The new flagship phone from the Chinese company packs a smaller 5.2-inch super AMOLED screen, but with much more technology packed underneath. But not at the behest of battery-life. They've paired the MediaTek Helo X25 deca-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz with the Mali-T880, the flagship ARM-specified graphics chip. The two could potentially be a very potent combination, especially in terms of power savings with the way that the MediaTek can switch on tri-core clusters depending on the task at hand. It'll be able to draw from a 2560-mAh battery.


It had been rumored for some time that we'd see a massive 6GB of RAM, but instead, they've opted for a more reasonable, and realistic, 4GB and have paired that with either 32 or 64GB of internal storage. It's also can be expanded via the microSD slot as well, in case you want to keep your whole life on your phone. For the camera, they've gone with the tried and true Sony IMX 230 sensor at 13MP, which means that it's theoretically capable of 4K video recording and quite a few auto-focus points for taking photos faster. The front camera is a 5MP model of unknown type.


Also included on the phone are a fingerprint sensor and something that's known as Meizu Press 3D, which sounds like it's their version of Apple's 3D touch. It's coming to the west, though that release date is still illusory at the moment. We can expect around $500 or so once it finally hits the streets in the US, though.

This Surface Pro 4 type cover ad is as pretentious as it gets

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 4:26 pm

Microsoft has a fancy new Type Cover out for the Surface Pro 4 and a pretentious ad to go with it.



In it, people wearing the same fabric the type cover is made out of say things like, "two-toned mélange effect", "the Alcantara aesthetic is created at the polymer level", "it's not just an accessory", and "you live with it, and it lives with you."


Once you get past the nausea/hilarity though (or just watch the ad on mute), it is admittedly a lovely looking type cover. $160 lovely, though? Doubtful.

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HTC 10 features 5.2'' QHD display, 12MP UltraPixel 2 camera

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 3:33 pm

After yesterday's leak, the flagship HTC 10 smartphone has been officially revealed.




Featuring a 5.2'' Quad HD 2560 x 1440 pixel display said to be 30% more colourful and 50% more responsive than its predecessor and the popular Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor (in the US; customers elsewhere will get a different, currently unknown Snapdragon processor), the new phone should be well-equipped to display and handle modern tasks with the best of them. Boost functionality helps further, allowing you to optimize security, power, and memory management among other things with ease.


The design, meanwhile, includes a full-glass front with a metal body and boasts impressive durability as achieved through 168 hours of extreme testing.

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HTC 10 smartphone promotional video leaked

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 4:02 pm

HTC's '10' smartphone is the subject of a freshly leaked promotional video for the Asian market, as seen below. In it, we see the phone laser-cut from a solid block (complete with epic music), plus the slick interface and three different colour options (bronze, silver, black), among other things. Have a look for yourself:



As for the design, anyone familiar with Samsung phones will notice a striking similarity.


We'll have more for you on the 10 tomorrow when the official reveal begins.

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Two mid-range BlackBerry Android phones will launch this year

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 8, 2016 6:06 pm

Canadian company BlackBerry will be launching two mid-range smartphones this year, CEO John Chen revealed in an interview.




The news comes after the high-end Priv (pictured above) -- which featured a 5.4'' 1440x2560 AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor, 32GB storage, and 3GB RAM -- failed to meet sales expectations. Chen admits it was "too high-end a product" for enterprise customers, which is why it dropped the price another $50 earlier this week.


The new phones don't have an exact time frame for launch just yet, but we'll keep you posted.

Huawei reveals their new high-end phones, the P9 and P9 plus

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 1:52 am

Huawei might be a relative newcomer in the US given their presence is only just recently more popular due to their design-win with Google and the Nexus 6P, but they're actually one of the largest phone makers in the world and are making more waves with the announcement of their newest phones at an event in London, the P9 and P9 Plus.



These new phones are being targeted squarely at the high-end market, and have the specs to match. The P9 has a 5.2-inch screen, a Leica partnered 12-megapixel camera, 3,000mAh battery, USB-C port for connectivity, 3GB of RAM, and the company's own octa-core Kirin 995 processor inside of a very nice looking aluminum body. The P9 Plus has all of the above except has a much larger 3,400mAh battery, 4GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch screen instead. Both of them will have a fingerprint sensor located on the back of the chassis.


The most interesting spec is the camera, even though the resolution is rather normal at 12-megapixels, it's the partnership with Leica that means it could potentially be a powerhouse of a secondary, or dare I say, primary photo-taking device. There's a second 12-megapixel monochrome sensor that's supposed to be able to improve contrast within photos, and likely add a few more levels of dynamic range by tripling the amount of light that the whole camera can take in.

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iPhone SE demand outstripping supply

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 7:27 pm

Apple's iPhone SE -- effectively an upgraded 5s -- wasn't full-blown hyped, but it seems to be selling like it anyway: demand for the 4'' device is outstripping supply as most stores are now posting stock-outs and delays, saying that new orders won't ship for as long as a few weeks from now. This includes both online and retail outlets (including Apple stores), not just nationally but internationally.




The fastest you get can one as of press time is April 12, and there you're likely limited to the smaller $399 16GB models. If you want a $499 64GB model, you'll have to wait until April 20-27. This is all assuming you're willing to pay for faster shipping, mind you.


The iPhone SE launched March 31.